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The Complete Katie Connell Trilogy

A Three-Novel Romantic Mystery Box Set From the What Doesn't Kill You Series
Narrated by: Ashley Ulery
Series: What Doesn't Kill You, Book 1-3, Katie and Annalise, Book 1-3
Length: 29 hrs and 2 mins
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Summary

Katie Connell is a high-strung attorney whose sloppy drinking habits and stunted love life collide hilariously during a doomed celebrity case in Dallas. She flees Texas for the Caribbean and escapes professional humiliation, a broken heart, and a wicked Bloody Mary habit, but ends up trading one set of problems for another when she begins to investigate the suspicious deaths of her parents on the island of St. Marcos. She's bewitched by the voodoo spirit of an abandoned house in the rainforest and discovers that she's as much a danger to herself as the island's bad guys are.

One unexpected and hotly fought-over little boy, two dead bodies, and a series of home vandalisms throw Texas attorney turned island chanteuse Katie Connell into a tizzy. Juggling all of this, Bloody Mary cravings, baggage, and the bad guys too, she waffles between the house that brought her back from the brink and the man she believes is the love of her life.

Katie's already on edge when a dead guy shows up at Estate Annalise and shady locals claim there are slave remains in the foundation, but when her husband doesn't come home to her and the kids one day after work, she's ready to lose it. A frantic Katie launches a Caribbean-wide manhunt, calling on her stoic, steady father-in-law, and Collin, her badass big brother, to help her search air, land, and sea for her husband, who may be in very big trouble indeed.

©2014 Pamela Fagan Hutchins (P)2016 Pamela Fagan Hutchins

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villa renovation story with a backdrop of crime

Good story. slightly rambling in places but overall interesting. I recommend it as a holiday read. one for the beach! !!

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Lame storylines with irritating main character.

The basic ideas for the storyline was interesting but was let down by the whiny and irritatingly immature main character. in many situations the plot was predictable even though the characters were ridiculously slow on the uptake!

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  • Terry B
  • 18-02-19

MEANT 2🌟 CAN'T EDIT!! OK stories; narration FAILS

First, these were much less mysteries than full-blown romance novels. I listened all the way through, but it was a struggle. But here's my real gripe: the narration.

I feel terrible to have to give such a scathing review of a narrator. I know how much work goes into it; I worked as a professional narrator creating audio documents for 15 years. Unfortunately, it's true.

Of the many dozens of audiobooks I've listened to, this isn't just the worst ever, it's simply unacceptable. In addition to ignorance of basic rules of narration, like dropping the tone at the end of a sentence so it won't sound like a question, this narrator made egregious word errors so severe I resorted to keeping a list of the worst for this review. There were many, but these astonished me:

Calvary (place of the Crucifixion of Christ) for Cavalry (mounted soldiers);

When speaking of the cardiac event, infraction for infarction;

Hurtled for huddled, as in "the hurtled masses";

Marine accent for Maine accent;

Irrevelant for irrelevant:

Periphial for peripheral (repeatedly).

Timing: There had to have been editing; you simply cannot speak that long into a microphone without coughing, sneezing or yawning, or simply getting tongue-tied. If edited, then, why not do it right? The editing was ghastly. The entire narration was filled with inappropriate pauses that, at best, made the listener wonder; at worst they changed the meaning - only to have the reader pull a mental 180 when narration continued. Unfortunately, I made only one note of this and it wasn't close to the worst one. "...drove a white Oldsmobile Cutlass with..." was read 'white...(pause) Oldsmobile...(pause) Cutlass...(pause)' before continuing the sentence to the end.

Accents: Oh, so awful. The main character's Texas drawl came & went within a single sentence. It would disappear for entire sections only to reappear (badly) for no apparent reason. The love interest was also supposed to be Texas born & raised, but never has any attempt at an accent, nor did his parents. Set in a Caribbean island, the lovely sing-song patois was poorly executed & inconsistent.

This has been far too long, so I'll close with this: When a narrator takes on a job of this magnitude, it's incumbent on them to do their homework. Study the material. Learn the accents. When a publisher (or whomever) creates an audio version, its incumbent on them to see that it is properly read and edited. This was a disaster. I am tempted to come out of retirement to give the listener as decent read for their money! If narrator Ashley Ulery would like some tips, please feel free to contact me. (P.S.: If you see this, Ashley, you misspelled "college" in your bio for "Voice 123.")

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  • Christine Goble
  • 05-10-18

Very confusing

Katie wow very needy individual. Almost got done with the first book before I even figured out what the book was about. Almost returned hold interest but not sure if it would
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  • Patricia
  • 13-09-17

not worth the time

whiny main character. was she programmed for disaster?


I don't usually complain about books but these just didn't live up to the publishers notes

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  • Nancy M. Barrett
  • 26-01-19

Audio Bee

Really enjoyed the storylines, suspense, quirkiness, and romance without over the top heavy sex scenarios.

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  • Amazon Customer Ej
  • 09-07-18

Wonderful!

I didn't think I would like it because it was as a romantic thing but I loved it! I couldn't stop listening to it. Every spare moment I listened to this adventure. I'm going to miss these wonderful characters. Thank you for this story.

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  • Cool Mom
  • 13-02-18

great story

This is a great book. I could not wait to listen to the story while working.

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  • Faye
  • 09-08-17

good listen

It was good to pass the time. Some of it a little too unbelievable at times.

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  • Cheryl
  • 11-07-17

My Caribbean Holiday

I totally enjoyed listening to this box set. It had romance intrigue spiritual and detective all my favourites and all for one credit. great value money wise and entertaining.

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  • Jodi
  • 24-06-17

First two books were great, third... not so much

Is there anything you would change about this book?

i really enjoyed books 1 and 2, however, somewhere in book 3, Katie turned into this excessively whiney and annoying woman who almost made me unable to finish. Some of it may have been the narrator and how she preformed, but it was also the story line. It called for whiney and annoying.

If you’ve listened to books by Pamela Fagan Hutchins before, how does this one compare?

Books 1 and 2 of the Katie series were good, disappointed in book 3

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The voice was too whiney throughout book 3

Did The Katie & Annalise Box Set inspire you to do anything?

No

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  • Pottery Girl
  • 05-04-17

Hate to hear it end!

I listened to the first book and then saw the box set for sell. I really enjoyed this trilogy. One of my favorites.